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    "We're excited about the title fight and will give it our all," Nicholls said
"We're excited about the title fight and will give it our all," Nicholls said
"We're excited about the title fight and will give it our all," Nicholls said. Source:racingfactors.com

"We're excited about the title fight and will give it our all," Nicholls said

The current champion is engaged in a three-way battle with Dan Skelton and Willie Mullins.

Ahead of what looks to be a crucial Scottish Grand National meeting this weekend at Ayr, Paul Nicholls is certain that he will not give up his trainers' title without a fight.

Following his victory with I Am Maximus in the Randox Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, bookmakers have placed Willie Mullins as the favourite to become the first Irish trainer to win the British championship since Vincent O'Brien did so in successive years in the 1950s.

Dan Skelton is currently behind the Closutton maestro by less than £53,000, with Nicholls coming in third place with an additional £75,000.

Though there is still a lot of money up for grabs until the season ends at Sandown on April 27, Nicholls is still hopeful about winning for a record 15th time, which would tie him with longtime rival Martin Pipe.

“We’re looking forward to it, as you can imagine we’ll be doing our best and will never give up,” the Ditcheat handler stated Betfair.

“We had a great time, Sandown was a brilliant day for us and we won the Scottish National with Vicente, so we need some luck like that again and need to win some big races.”

After the confirmation round, Nicholls is down to three runners for the £200,000 Coral Scottish Grand National on Saturday: Stay Away Fay, the top weight, Broken Halo, and Flash Collonges.

Before Saturday week's jumps season finale at Sandown, the trainer believes that everything will still be up for grabs, regardless of what goes north of the border.

He said: “If you’re still in touch going into Sandown there’s some great prize money there and from my point of view I’d love to see it dry up. It’s looking a much better weather forecast from Tuesday and we’d love to see it dry up everywhere, Ayr included.

“We’ll keep trying, I think Dan is more mortified than I am as he thought he had a great chance and of course, Saturday completely put the dampeners on it, but he won’t give up and I won’t give up.”

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